I wrote this up a while back for a nutrition lecture I was giving, and I thought it might be useful to post it somewhere for more people to use. These are some of our favorite resources for people to use when trying to educate themselves about their pets.
Excellent Link for Dog Nutrition (though cat folks can definitely glean some knowledge here too:Â www.dogaware.com The woman who compiles this site has encyclopedic knowledge about diet and nutrition for dogs and writes a lot of the food articles in The Whole Dog Journal.
Key links on her site that might be useful to you:
Lots of links to common health problems in dogs
including a ton of info on kidney disease and diet, specifically a lot about protein and its relationship to kidney disease: http://www.dogaware.com/kidney.html#protein
there are a lot of good articles that she wrote for Whole Dog Journal on home cooking: http://www.dogaware.com/diet/homemade.html
Sites online specifically for cats:
Holisticat (includes an email list)
CatNutrition.org: feeding cats for health
Making Cat Food (from a vet) great site all around with some good tips about transitioning a picky cat’s diet
How to Prepare Fresh Cat Food (technical but very complete)
The Feline Future Cat Food Company (Instincts TC) – a mix to which you add your own meat. I don’t carry it but it seems great. Good answers to peoples’ questions on this site about raw foods.
Truth About Pet Food:Â www.truthaboutpetfood.com – Articles like “A Graphic Description of what the FDA allows in Pet Food“, and “Truth in Advertising Laws Do Not Apply to Pet Food” as well as the most timely reports of recalls I’ve ever seen.
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/ – site where you can look at just about any brand of food and read their ratings for it.
A Vegetarian Diet for Dogs?Â http://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/vegetarian-diet/
Books I have in the store (I can always order books that I don’t keep in stock):
Dr Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health – an excellent all around book that discusses other issues besides diet. It is considered a staple of a good pet care library. Pitcairn uses raw meat but not bones in his diets (although in this case you can cook the meat if you prefer).Â He offers recipes for dogs with health problems.Â One note, his diets are heavily grain-based, though you can substitute pureed or cooked veggies, such as sweet potatoes, for some or all of the grains. He also has a website
Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats: The Ultimate Diet by Kymythy Schultze, AHI – one of the best books on the whys and hows of making your own raw food at home. My favorite.
Raw Dog Food: Make it Easy for You and Your Dog by Carina MacDonaldÂ A very approachable and and easy book on raw feeding
Whole Health for Happy Cats: A Guide to Keeping Your Cat Naturally Healthy, Happy, and Well-Fed (Quarry Book) by Sandy Arora and Regina Schwabe (Paperback – Oct 1, 2006)
The Natural Cat: The Comprehensive Guide to Optimum Care byÂ Anitra Frazier and Norma Eckroate (Paperback – Nov 25, 2008)
Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine, by Marion Nestle — excellent discussion of the pet food industry and what happened during the recalls.
Other good references out there:â€¨
The BARF Diet by Ian Billinghurst, DVM — one of the very early pioneers of returning to a whole food (Bones and Raw Food = BARF) diet.
See Spot Live Longer by Steve Brown and Beth Taylor
The Whole Dog Journal is an excellent monthly publication that has articles on behavior, nutrition, training, and occasional reviews of products available for dogs.Â Â http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/